Cricket round-up: Bardfield ease to victory in the rain

Lt Bardfield Village CC picked up 19 points following their fine victory at Mildenhall on Saturday in the Two Counties League Division Three. Bardfield elected to bat having won the toss and opener Mark Welby went fairly early on. However, Eddie

Lt Bardfield Village CC picked up 19 points following their fine victory at Mildenhall on Saturday in the Two Counties League Division Three.

Bardfield elected to bat having won the toss and opener Mark Welby went fairly early on.

However, Eddie Hitchcock at number two and Darryl Hymas put on 60 for the second wicket before Hitchcock was run out on 52.

Captain Alan Kemp contributed an unbeaten 31 and Josh Newman added 20 as Bardfield ended with 173 off their 40 overs, the match having to be shortened due to rain.

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Mildenhall struggled on a very damp field, opening bowling pair Matt Graham and Kemp held the run-rate down, but Dean Bass was able to make hay while the rain fell, recording figures of 6-47 off 13 overs.

Mildenhall's final tally of 153-9 gave the Village team a winning margin of 20 runs and a welcome 19 points.

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Lt Bardfield's second team entertained High Roding thirds in the second game of their Herts & Essex League Division Seven campaign.

The visitors won the toss and decided to bat on a rather damp wicket.

Openers C Saville (27) and R Hussain (40) put on 79 for the first wicket but the runs faded away after Purdie (14) fell to slow bowler Paul Sheridan, and Roding ended on 140 all out.

Young Rory Hitchcock took a hat-trick with the last three balls of the innings giving him figures of 5-21 off eight overs, supported by Danny Saffer (3-19) and Sheridan (2-15).

Bardfield's openers Hitchcock and George Stephens were both caught off the bowling of M Bush with just 10 on the scoreboard, but Sheridan played a captain's innings with a fine knock of 48 not out supported by Chris Leamey (28 no) as the Village ran out victors by six wickets.

Following on from last week's convincing win over newly promoted Harlow, Chesterfords picked up their second victory of the season at Willingale in the HECL Division Three match.

Chesterfords skipper Paul Phillips won the toss and put Willingale in to bat.

Usual opener, Rich Taylor (0-26) took the new ball along with Wazz Mughal (2-51). Both got some early movement, but were unable to translate that into wickets.

The Willingale openers stood firm and passed 50 before losing their first wicket. Mughal struck twice in quick succession, and when Taylor was replaced by Mark Stokley (0-28), the game remained in the balance.

With the run rate starting to increase, skipper Phillips threw the ball to Sam Thake (5-41) who turned the game in Chesterfords; favour, taking regular wickets and stemming the flow of runs, helped at the other end by Steve Squares (1-28) and Dave Lightning (1-28).

At the end of the innings Willingale had posted a respectable total of 212-9 from their 45 overs.

Chesterfords openers Charles Gjertsen (14) and Greg Watson (8) started the innings steadily, but it was Sam Thake (44) and Ross Laird (74) who stole the show when the pair partnered up with the score on 24-2.

Playing the anchor role, Thake rotated the strike and allowed Laird to unleash some ferocious shots, racing past 50 in short order. With the score on 180 in the 30th over, first Laird and then Thake were bowled in successive overs by Ostley.

Killing off the game proved a slow process, but Steve Squares (8), Jamie Kempner (2), Dave Lightning (14no) and Wazz Mughal (2no) steered the team home with three overs remaining to give Chesterfords their second win in a row.

Arkesden had the better of their draw against Stocking Pelham as Mark Kimberley rode his luck to post a century and Paul Kimberley, fearful of being outdone by his youngest, took his first "five-for" for the team.

Chasing 211, Stocking were soon in trouble but opener Matthew Patmore (39no) and Toby Trundle (42) stood firm and last man Peter Dodd saw off the final overs in the dark.

Sawston's weekend fixtures were decimated by the weather with games for the first, second and fourth teams either being cancelled or abandoned.

The third team persevered with their home game against Haslingfield in Division 2C of the Cambridgeshire & Huntingdonshire Premier League, but they were not rewarded as they lost by four wickets.

Chris Lang (56 no) carried his bat and received support from 14- year-old Devon Pilkington who scored 45 as Sawston reached 164-5. Nicholas Garbutt with 3-7 was the visitors' most successful bowler.

In reply, the Haslingfield openers Thompson (43) and Flatman (48) gave them a superb platform, although they needed 33 from Adam Garbutt batting at number six to see them home.

Sawston's most successful bowler was Platt with 2-28.

Dunmow's first and second teams' matches were abandoned on Saturday without a ball being bowled.

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